Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reed Quintet

Have I ever mentioned that I'm in a reed quintet? It's a really interesting and unique group because typically people form wind quintets instead (horn, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon). But a reed quintet includes only the instruments that use reeds (bassoon, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bass clarinet). Seems obvious, but who knows. Anyway, it's really fun to play in this group. And our name is punny and ridiculous and it rocks.

We have a recital coming up, and here is a sneak peek of the photos we took yesterday. These are the two I chose for our posters, as you can see. Special thanks for John for being awesome and actually taking the photos for us! (I just edited them)

More to come some time soon. Our outtakes were hilarious.

P.S. Happy Halloween! We're "celebrating" tomorrow night, so hopefully I'll have some photos of that to share this coming weekend. Enjoy and be safe, all.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I never cared much for pumpkins before...I always talk the big talk during Halloween Season: "Yeah we should DEFINITELY carve pumpkins this year!", I say, and I never follow through. Probably because pumpkins are BEAUTIFUL. I don't want to defile them! Not to say that carved pumpkins aren't great, because they are. But I'm not artistic in that way and frankly...I'm lazy. I just want to feel the cool pumpkin-skin in my hands and have my pumpkin greet me when I walk into my bedroom.

All this to say, we went to a pumpkin patch. And it made me really happy and smiley, as with all of my recent encounters with plants.

The Universe is trying to tell me something, I swear. Everything happening in my life is The Universe telling me to go, buy a million plants, open a nursery, take photos, teach clarinet lessons, be happy.

Someday I'll listen, Universe. Until then, I'll have pleasant afternoons picking out plants (and pumpkins) for my personal collection.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Over the Weekend

I went to a local jazz club to take photos.
We watched some dancers learn and then perform some new choreography (which was wicked cool).
And we actually, truly, went to a football game.
We left after the Marching Chiefs performance (honoring former coach, Bobby Bowden). Don't worry, we still won. Actually, we crushed them.

We also went on a date, did errands, I missed an (apparently) awesome party, and, lastly, we stopped by a pumpkin patch. But more on that later :)

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Roses and Thorns

Cactuses in Belgium
Cactuses in Paris
Finest weather on campus
It's too true that only you can choose to be happy. For me, lately, it's been very difficult. I get caught up in my thoughts and turn even the most normal situations into an ordeal. And I'm slowly realizing that this is no way to live.

I've been thinking a lot about how to make myself happier. It's true that my friends, my boyfriend, my family, and general good things happening can make me happy. But if I'm upset, I'm not completely helpless. I can get myself out of that rut. So now I am resolving to take control of my happiness. Sounds cheesy, but there it is. I'm not going to let the little things get me down anymore. I'm not going to over think things. I'm going to direct my focus to the positive aspects of my life, of which there are many.

It's going to be hard, I can tell. I'm generally a fairly pessimistic person. A "Debbie Downer". But like I said, that's no way to live (at least not all the time). There's too much good happening to focus on the bad all the time.

That being said, I still think it's important to acknowledge the things that aren't so hot. If I ignore them, they fester and grow worse (sounds like a disease, no?). So every once in a while, I think I'll list some good things (roses) and some bad things (thorns).

Good | "Roses":
- Plants
- My boyfriend, when he is sweet and love-y
- Really great practice sessions
- Cooler weather
- Fall clothes (aka, my favorite jacket)
- Halloween season
- Photography gigs
- Coffee
- Reed quintet rehearsals
- Sara Bareilles' new album
- Lady dates
- Regular dates
- Weekends

Not so good | "Thorns":
- My poor dead Aloe plant (pretty sure the humidity did it in)
- Over thinking
- Headaches
- Stomachaches
- Semi-insomnia
- Grad school apps & pre-screening recordings (if you're doing them too, you can sympathize I'm sure)
- Not playing as well as I can in lessons/rehearsals
- Worrying/paranoia
- Impending papers

Thankfully, the good still outweighs the bad, despite the fact that the bad tends to take over my mind and heart. I'm working on it.

Thanks for letting me share; I encourage you all to do the same.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Slices of Life + Thoughts

I intended to post earlier this week, to not go an entire week without taking photos, but oh well, that's what happened. This was another difficult week. I've been struggling with things, the biggest of them being that some of the people that I love most are having a rough time these days. Things happen, everyone gets sad, yes, I know. But it's hard watching the people that you love struggle. And sometimes it's even harder knowing that what they need is alone time. 

I'm the type of person who likes to be comforted or kept occupied when something is upsetting me. I don't like to be alone, because I tend to wallow. Sometimes wallowing is necessary, but sometimes it makes things infinitely worse. So I try to avoid being alone when I am sad. And this is why I have a hard time giving people space. 

I'm trying to be better and more considerate about it. It's hard to do so, but I am trying because I want to make the people I love happy. That's what it's all about.

Anyway, here's to hoping this week will be better. More relaxed, less stressful, more pleasant. Full of love. Here's to hoping.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Over the Weekend

Rebecca came to visit. It was so nice to see her after a few months. Naturally, I dragged her to an orchestra concert. She was a trooper, and the music was great.

We spent Saturday with my beautiful friend, Gaby. We went shopping a bit and to Tallahassee's Greek Food Festival (along with every other person in was so crowded)
We had some time to kill afterwards, so Rebecca met up with a friend while Gaby and I sat on campus and enjoyed the nice weather. FSU has such a beautiful campus. It's easy to forget that when you're stuck inside the music building all day, everyday ;)
 Then we made our way to the Gaines Street Music Festival. So. many. hipsters.
 ...for the record...I caved and bought those sunglasses Caleb's wearing. For $7!
 I have the greatest friends in the entire world.
After Gaines Street, we went to hang out with friends at John's for a while. I guess Saturday was super busy...I didn't even realize until I just typed it out, ha! But it was such a wonderful, pleasant day.

John and I spent Sunday relaxing, re-watching Lost, and napping. So basically, I had the perfect weekend. And I hope you did, too.

Now, to make it through this week...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Things I'm Coveting Lately + Happy Friday


Coveting by oliviamyheart

Okay so it's not quite Friday yet, but here are just some things (mostly books) that I've seen either in person or on the Internet that have made my heart all a-flutter...

I love photo books. Books that express certain ideas or real life situations through crisp photos. They can be so beautiful. And the novel is the newest book from one of my favorite authors. Coincidentally, I began reading it when I was home for the summer but had to return it to the library there when I moved...I left off at such a cliffhanger of a moment and I'm dying to finish it.

Between all the lists I've been making and still need to make, it's nearly time to invest in some new mini-notebooks. I like pretty little notebooks because they make my lists seem even the slightest bit more bearable. The matching phone case is pretty self explanatory ;) I just kind of love Rifle Paper Co.'s prints.

And yes, the next stop on my plant-obsession-train miiiight be a venus fly trap...

(all links found via the above link to the Polyvore set)
In other news, I have a really great weekend planned and I can't wait.
Happy Friday.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Plants Are A Girl's Best Friend

A few leftover snaps from over the weekend. John looks so intently focused, no?

Introducing, the newest addition to my family of cacti and succulents! I bought this pot of pretties over the weekend at the Purple Martin Outpost. They are even more beautiful in person.

I don't know why, but plants have just been making me so happy lately. They're so fresh and innocent? A weird way to describe plants, I know, but there it is. My other cacti and succulents are also doing well (seen here, for example) although one of them definitely needs to be repotted (he's leaning a little too far to one's half funny, half sad).

Also, some things that I think are worth watching/reading:
-This video about kids and classical music. I love what one of the young girls says:
"Classical music is quiet music that also has joy."
-This video documenting what happens when random people conduct a world-class orchestra.
-Jennifer Lawrence being amazing, as usual.
-This girl had an amazing childhood, with photographic evidence.
-As if you need more reasons to love Halloween season: this.
-Lastly, the Humans of New York Facebook page has been making me smile these past few weeks.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Best Saturday

Today John and I went out for breakfast. On our way out there we passed by a nursery, and decided to stop by on our way back home. So glad we did, ohmygosh, it was heaven.

Purple Martin Outpost. If you need plants, go there. It's so beautiful, and locally owned.

Obviously, I couldn't leave without a pot of succulents. They are so beautiful. I'll post more pictures of them, up close, soon!

Happiest Saturday we've had in a while. So glad.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Adventures in Cooking

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts...or since I've cooked, if I'm being honest...but I've been meaning to post about this kugel for a while now.

I made this for Rosh Hashanah and had friends over, and it was so good. I was sooo proud of myself. It was much more involved than most (but not all) of my previous cooking endeavors. But if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, this is perfect for you. Not quite a dessert, but like having dessert for dinner, kinda.

What you'll need for Applesauce Kugel:
1/2 lb. of medium or fine egg noodles
1 cup of golden raisins
1 tblsp. of lemon juice
4 tblsp. of margarine
1/2 cup of sugar
3 eggs, beat well
1 cup of applesauce

Cook the noodles, then drain.
Add margarine to hot noodles and mix well.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray (if you are doubling the recipe, use a 9x13 pan)
Top with cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
If you try this, hope you like it. Let me know!
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